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09 Jul 2014

Thursday 071014

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Tabata Pull-ups 
Tabata Dips 
Tabata Pull-ups 
Tabata Dips

Notes:

1) Reminder: The Tabata Interval is 20 secs on/ 10 secs off repeated 8 
times. 
2) Rest 2 minutes between each Tabata Interval. 
3) On the first of the pull-up and first of the dip efforts don’t dismount 
the bar(s) for the duration of each 20 second interval. 
4) On the second pull-up and second dip efforts it is OK to dismount the 
bar(s) before the interval concludes (ahead of the 10 second rest). 
5) Add up total for each interval

09 Jul 2014

Is It OK To Drink Gatorade?

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Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 10.02.51 AMIf you played sports as a kid, you probably grew up on the delicious, refreshing beverage called Gatorade (or Powerade, although I think Gatorade is better). Originally invented at the University of Florida (Go Gators) to hydrate the football team during hot summer games, Gatorade now produces a regular and low calorie drink, “natural” versions of these beverages, as well as energy chews and nutrition bars. And their marketing has been stellar – watch any Gatorade ad and you’re pretty much convinced that you should drink this stuff because that’s what the badass athletes do (and who doesn’t want to be a badass athlete). They’re all about that inspiring stuff like hard work and determination. Well, at least most kids probably think that. As adults, we’re just trained to crave it. If I go running in sub 75 degree weather for longer than 30 minutes, I come back craving a blue Gatorade (because maybe the flavor is inspired by some fruit, but we just know it by the color. Yellow is a close second for me). Of course, Gatorade has also gotten some negative press surrounding their use of brominated vegetable oil (BVO) – which they’ve since discontinued using - because it had been patented as a flame retardant and is banned in Japan and the European Union.  But, is it OK to drink or should you avoid it?

Sports Drink Pros

Sports drinks are great – and have been successful over the past 40 years – because they provide the unique combination of dilute carbohydrate and electrolytes in an easily digestible format. Sports drinks have essentially been formulated by scientists to provide EXACTLY what athletes need during exercise to prevent dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The average regular Gatorade has 80 calories, 21 grams of sugar, 160 mg of sodium, and 45 mg of potassium. The G2 series is usually 30 calories and 7 grams of carbohydrate with the same electrolyte content as the original. 

Other Gatorade perks:

  • Helps prevent hyponatremia (salt deficiency), which generally happens when athletes over hydrate.
  • The taste generally makes you thirsty, so you drink more. When you’re working out for a long time (over an hour) in very hot conditions, that can be a plus.
  • It tastes good. Sometimes water gets old.

 

Gatorade Cons

Despite loving Gatorade as a kid/teen just kidding I still love it now, this is the part that always makes me sad: the ingredients list. The Blue G2 flavor (apparently called “Glacier Freeze) that I like so much contains the following: Water (fine), sugar (OK I was expecting that), citric acid (not a big deal), sodium citrate (OK that’s the sodium, just with a different companion than table salt), mono potassium phosphate (potassium source), sucralose (commonly known as Splenda, because I guess 7 grams of sugar wasn’t enough to make it appealing to the American palette), acesulfame potassium (anOTHER artificial sweetener) and Blue 1 (that would be an artificial color. Ugh). So, most of the ingredients are fine, not everything that isn’t 100% natural is going to kill you, although I really try to avoid artificial colors. 

In addition, a few other sports drink drawbacks:

  • It often gets misused or overused. Pretty sure Lebron James needed some Gatorade in San Antonio when the AC broke, and it’s very useful during a half marathon or other endurance activity. But a lot of kids, adolescents, and even adults nowadays are drinking it while playing video games or at school. Unless you’re sweating your butt off during a workout, you don’t really need an electrolyte drink.
  • The taste generally makes you thirsty, so you drink more. Yes, I realize this was also a pro. But when I return from a 45 minute run, I could benefit from 8-12 ounces and end up drinking nearly the whole bottle before it occurs to me to put it away. That’s a lot of sugar I probably didn’t need. 

So, should you drink Gatorade?

My answer is yes, when it is appropriate and if you prefer it over other options. When is it appropriate?

  • When you’re working out for over 60-90 minutes or in extreme heat conditions
  • When you complete a WOD like last week’s 1K test on the erg and need a little extra sugar before the second WOD. However, in this case you only need a small amount.

What are some other options? Coconut water, diluted juice (full concentrated juice can make you fee sick to your stomach by adding too much sugar - compare 21 grams of carbs in 12 ounces of Gatorade to over 40 grams in the same amount of Naked Juice or OJ). 

What are your thoughts? Do you love Gatorade? Hate it?

08 Jul 2014

Wednesday 070914

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1. 2 rounds for quality 
30 Strict Push-ups 
10-15 Glute ham raises

2. 2 Rounds for time 
Row 500m 
15 Sumo deadlift high pull, 50% of BW 
Row 500m 
15 Barbell thruster, 50% of BW

Aim for 1:40/2:10 pace on the 500m

I would like to introduce Jen Burtt to our coaching ranks. Jen is a new Apprentice Coach here at CrossFit Boston. She has a ton of experience in coaching as she has been in the field for some time now. She holds a CF-L1 certificate as well as specialty certificates in CrossFit Mobility and CrossFit Endurance/Running. In 2011 she graduated from the National Personal Training Institute.

Here is Jen’s Story.

Athletics has played a significant role throughout my life.  As a 3-sport Varsity athlete, I was able to demonstrate leadership ability as Captain of my high school field hockey, basketball and softball teams.  I received the “Contributed Most to Athletics Award” my senior year, 2004.  I played ASA softball for 7 consecutive seasons and as Captain my team qualified and competed in National Championship tournaments in Atlanta, GA (1999) and Midland, TX (2002).

I thrive on pushing myself to achieve my personal best, which is what I encourage those around me to do every day. I’ve competed in two CrossFit competitions:  the first was in June 2011 in the scaled division, placing 20th out of 59 women; the second was in September, 2012, where I placed 36th out of 100 in the RX women division in The Garage Games at CFNE.  I plan to continue competing.

Prior to joining the CrossFit family, I worked in the cosmetology profession for 5 years as a Board Certified Hair Stylist and Nail Technician in the State of MA.  In July of 2010, I experienced a life-changing event. I was a passenger in a multi-rollover auto accident in which I sustained life-threatening injuries.  Through the grace of God, I survived. My faith and willingness to overcome the mental and physical obstacles that I suffered gave me the drive and determination I needed to recover.  After months of rehabilitation and physical therapy, I joined CrossFit.  It is through CrossFit that I was able to regain my core and full-body strength as well as my athleticism.

When asked about the accident I always have to pause so that those asking will understand my response.  To make a long story short, I am blessed.  I was saved by God and by all of the wonderful people who kept me alive in my most delicate hours.  I was told so many times by my family, friends and doctor the details surrounding my accident and recovery; yet, I have no actual memory of any of it.  All I have are the scars on my body and the ever-lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury.  It’s strange because I don’t feel like it even happened to me but the evidence is there.  That’s how I know I was blessed, because now I am physically, mentally and spiritually stronger than before.  I took every opportunity I had to gain the strength I needed to become who I am today and what I am meant to be.  My mother and father could tell stories of my recovery – how from the moment I was awake and aware of my situation that I was driven more than ever to recover, how I listened to my doctors’ advice but listened to my body more.    

While in the midst of my recovery I decided I no longer wanted to be a hairstylist.  I always had a passion for physical fitness so naturally it seemed to be the best path to follow.  I became re-energized about my future and made the decision to become a personal trainer.  I have more passion for this career because I feel like my personal experience inspires others to be better, to be healthier and to appreciate life.

After a whirlwind of battles, I’m on the journey to travel again, to pick my spirit back up, to work hard every day and to not worry about tomorrow. I’m seeking positive thoughts, positive people and a place to go that I can call home, the CrossFit community. I love what I do so for all the love that I have I give all that I can and then some.

I am where I am today because I knew that the only way I could take back my life was to focus on improving the quality of my life. After being in a wheelchair, not being able to walk, I made the decision to get up and put my feet on the floor.  I made myself walk, run, sprint harder and further.  Now I am stronger and wiser than I ever was before.  This accident was life changing, because if not for it I would not have had the courage to follow my heart. I can tell you this:  it was not easy and it was heart breaking at some points but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

I can honestly say now that not working or training consistently in a CrossFit gym recently has changed the quality of my life. With that being said, I am very happy with the steps I have taken to be where I am right now. I know that getting my feet back into the CrossFit community will help my overall happiness and sanity. It balances my inner strength mentally, soulfully and physically. I do live my life through my heart and soul. I live for the best for all, for everyone, not just myself. It makes me happy to give the joy that I have and feel everyday. I give my entire heart to what I really want. Whether it is a competitive time for Fran, or building strength for a Clean & Jerk or a Power Snatch; whatever it is my heart thrives for, I just give it all I have and I will achieve it. It might not happen tomorrow, next week or maybe next month but it will happen. What you give is what you get. 

That is how I live and that is what I give. I believe within and know that this community will never leave us stranded. It is a strong, powerful, and passionate family.

I never want to be satisfied with my achievements. I never want my family, friends or the CrossFit community to be satisfied either.

Mighty Mouse - aka Coach Jen

Mighty Mouse – aka Coach Jen

 

07 Jul 2014

Tuesday 070814

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1. Barbell Forward Lunge 3RM; taken from the rack in the front rack, 
perform 3 lunges each leg

2. 50 Hollow Rocks

3. 3 rounds for time 
Run 200m 
20 OH Walking lunges, 45#/25# 
12 Toe 2 Bar

06 Jul 2014

Monday 070714

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Row 500m 
50 Wall Ball Shots 
Row 500m

rest 3 minutes

50 Wall Ball Shots 
Row 500m 
50 Wall Ball Shots

Compare times of circuit 2 to circuit 1. Which was faster?

06 Jul 2014

Sunday 070614

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1. Weighted Pull-ups – Work up to AHAP for a single

2. AMRAP 10
10 Burpees
15 Front Squats, 155/105

05 Jul 2014

4th of July WOD on 5th of July

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Just a reminder to be at the gym today at 9am to kick off mobility and warm up for the WOD. We are going to kick off at 9:30AM SHARP!

We are performing Hero WOD “Roy” today. A little about the soldier behind the WOD:

Michael C. Roy enlisted in the Marines just two weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, hoping he could stop al-Qaida and Osama Bin Laden.

“He wanted to protect his country and wanted his children to grow up without war,” said Julie England, a longtime neighbor whose children befriended Roy.

Roy, 25, of North Fort Myers, Fla., was killed by a sniper in Nimroz province, Afghanistan. He graduated from Academy High School in 2001 and was assigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C.

“You couldn’t ask for a better leader as your sergeant,” said Cpl. John Wood, 23, a Marine stationed in Parris Island, S.C., who served under Roy for his first two tours in Iraq. “You couldn’t ask for a better person. If there was anything you needed, he would take care of you.”

Roy’s father, Sgt. Michael Roy of Punta Gorda, Fla., said his son knew from an early age he wanted to serve in the military.

“It was a privilege to serve with him because of his dedication and the way he treated his Marines,” Wood said. “It didn’t matter that he was the same age as us, he was our leader.”

Roy is survived by his wife, Amy, and three young children: Olivia, Mikey and Landon.

source – AP (projects.militarytimes.com)

courtesy: crossfit.com

courtesy: crossfit.com

Roy

Five rounds for time of:
225 pound Deadlift, 15 reps
20 Box jumps, 24 inch box
25 Pull-ups

WHAT’S ON TAP

Sunday 7/6

1. Weighted Pull-ups – Work up to AHAP for a single

2. AMRAP 10
10 Burpees
15 Front Squats, 155/105

Monday 7/7

Row 500m
50 Wall Ball Shots
Row 500m

rest 3 minutes

50 Wall Ball Shots
Row 500m
50 Wall Ball Shots

Compare times of circuit 2 to circuit 1. Which was faster?

Tuesday 7/8

1. Barbell Forward Lunge 3RM; taken from the rack in the front rack, perform 3 lunges each leg

2. 50 Hollow Rocks

3. 3 rounds for time
Run 200m
20 OH Walking lunges, 45#/25#
12 Toe 2 Bar

Wednesday 7/9

1. 2 rounds for quality
30 Strict Push-ups
10-15 Glute ham raises

2. 2 Rounds for time
Row 500m
15 Sumo deadlift high pull, 50% of BW
Row 500m
15 Barbell thruster, 50% of BW

Aim for 1:40/2:10 pace on the 500m

Thursday 7/10

Tabata Pull-ups
Tabata Dips
Tabata Pull-ups
Tabata Dips

Notes:

1) Reminder: The Tabata Interval is 20 secs on/ 10 secs off repeated 8 times.
2) Rest 2 minutes between each Tabata Interval.
3) On the first of the pull-up and first of the dip efforts don’t dismount the bar(s) for the duration of each 20 second interval.
4) On the second pull-up and second dip efforts it is OK to dismount the bar(s) before the interval concludes (ahead of the 10 second rest).
5) Add up total for each interval

Friday 7/11

Clean and Jerk 21-15-12-9-6-3 and 1 reps.

Notes:

1) Add weight to each set. Rest two minutes between sets.
2) Total loads for all 7 sets.
3) No rest on ground during sets. Touch and go at ground. 

“Roy” 

Five rounds for time of: 
225 pound Deadlift, 15 reps 
20 Box jumps, 24 inch box 
25 Pull-ups

04 Jul 2014

FIRE IT UP! 4TH OF JULY, 2014

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It’s officially summer and the temperature and humidity is making sure that we all know it! Hey did you see that Shannon and Jo are crushing the women’s leaderboard this week with rowing. Jo tied for third and Shannon is the new Queen of the 1K with a 3:34 effort.

OutFREAKINGstanding!!!

It’s great seeing the excitement of progress. It’s what we look for. Why we train so hard. Eat a clean diet (most of the time – wink,wink). Ever doubt its worth it? Get a big PR. Get your name on the leaderboard. You will shout out HELL YEAH!

4th of July

The 4th is my second favorite holiday, Thanksgiving is the BEST. It is the perfect time to get away with friends and family. Grill some great food, have cold adult beverage (lemonade of course!), and just relax a bit. Our schedules get hectic and life moves fast. Take a moment to enjoy it. 

While you are doing so remember why this country is so damn great and what this day signifies. The 4th honors America’s separation from tyranny. It set the stage for what we were to become. Also, remember those that continue to serve today and uphold our traditions and beliefs.

Cheers!

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